More of Blackburn’s street art

Life In The Mouse House

Exactly a week after my first walk round Blackburn town centre I got the 7.30am train from the nearest station to home and arrived back in Blackburn less than half an hour later, so my Monday walk this week features my continued wanderings to find more of the murals in various parts of the town. First was the Alexandra Gallagher mural at the back of a car park, which I couldn’t get last time as too many cars were in the way, and bingo! – my early start had paid off as this time there wasn’t a car in sight and I was able to get shots of the whole thing. Next was the coffee shop window and again my early start proved to be a winner as the place wasn’t yet open so there were no tables, chairs or people outside to get in the way.

DSCF1840 Artist – Alexandra…

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And to conclude….

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A lovely place to end!  We had the odd misgiving when we arrived in Vila Franca do Campo, but we were completely wrong.

Such a wonderful renovation, retaining character and atmosphere, and with smiling, helpful staff.  Convento de Sáo Francisco was a real find.

I even found a niche to watch the final of the French Open tennis at Roland Garros, while a certain other enjoyed one last lounge beside a hotel pool.  All’s well that ends well?  Rafa certainly thought so!  And as we sashayed out to our final evening meal, would you credit it but a band struck up in the distance?  Just one more procession, albeit a very low key affair, which rather suited our mood.

And the sun finally set on an epic Azores adventure.  I have so enjoyed sharing it with you.

So sorry to have confused everybody!  I intended to schedule Vila Franca do…

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Happy?

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My Mum and I were talking about this (my mum and I have some interesting random conversations). Someone that we both know posted a post on Facebook that said “Happy Easter”…but is it really?

Easter Friday, especially since it’s the day that they put Jesus on the cross? Hence, why we have delicious hot cross buns…Sorry, I can’t help it, I love hot cross buns.

We were talking about how it’s interesting how some people will say Happy Easter or Happy Anzac Day or how some get really offended by the term “Happy Holidays”. Usually the same people that say Happy Easter are the ones usually offended by Happy Holidays.

When do you think it’s appropriate to say “Happy…”?

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Look whose coming to dinner

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So I was talking to my coworker and we were talking about who we would invite to dinner. The usual, if you could have 6 people to dinner, who would you and why? It was so funny because as I’ve gotten older this has changed. When I was younger it was all about who I thought was “Hot”…Hot to Trot.

As we were talking, I realised how much I ‘d want to have dinner with people who’ve led an interesting life. I want to hear about interesting things these days:

Jada Pinkett Smith Good Point GIF by Red Table Talk - Find & Share on GIPHY

(I have really been loving Red Table Talk…Check it out!)

Ian Mckellan Magneto GIF by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - Find & Share on GIPHY

Joanna Lumley Awards GIF by BAFTA - Find & Share on GIPHY

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Orangutan Day!

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When my brother and I were younger, my Gran used to call us her little Orangutans. When we were unsure of something or someone, we hold onto each other.

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First fact, it is extremely hard to get a gif with an Orangutan in it’s natural habitat, or just natural surrounding area.

Orangutans are not “monkeys” they are considered to be a great ape. They also share 97% of DNA in common with us.

In Malay and Indonesian orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest.” Thus, orangutan literally means “person of the forest.”

They are considered critically endangered.

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One of the biggest threats facing Orangutan’s is deforestation. The main reason that people are cutting their trees down, is for palm oil. So, beware of products that have palm oil in it. I was going to write a list, but apparently they can sneak palm oil…

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In a Vase on Monday: Sozzled!

Rambling in the Garden

It was the deep red red wine colour of Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’ that prompted today’s vase; otherwise it might be have been a further celebration of ‘late summer stalwarts’ the dahlias, which I was admiring yesterday for their generosity, longevity of flowering season and overall impact. What else other than roses makes such a statement?

Some of the blooms in the vase are so dark they almost disappear and you may have to look closely at the view from overhead to see some of the boozy contents. When I came to pick the scabious I could only find two perfect blooms, so supplemented them with not-quite-so-dark Scabiosa ‘Burgundy Beau’. Also from the cutting beds were opening buds of Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’, whilst other borders produced Knautia macedonia ‘Red Alert’, Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ and the stunning new foliage of Nandina ‘Obsessed’. A wine glass was an appropriate…

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